Facial Recognition System to South Wales Police in the UK
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6701) today announced that it has provided a facial recognition system for
South Wales Police in the UK through NEC Europe Ltd.
The system utilizes NeoFace Watch, NEC’s
flagship facial recognition software platform featuring the world’s highest
recognition precision(1). NeoFace Watch is used for real-time CCTV
surveillance, as well as still image and recorded video face search, which
helps to ensure security in crowded locations, such as airports and stadiums.
South Wales Police has deployed NeoFace Watch
using CCTV cameras mounted on a number of police vehicles and is using its
real-time surveillance capability to locate persons of interest on
pre-determined watchlists, including criminals, suspects, vulnerable
individuals and missing persons.
Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis said:
“Facial recognition technology will enable us to search, scan and monitor
images and video against a range of offender databases leading to faster and
more accurate identification of persons of interest. This has been borne out by
the recent arrest of a 34-year old man from Cardiff who was wanted for a recall
to prison. He had walked past several officers on a main street in Cardiff
before he was identified by the cameras and it is probably an arrest we would
not have made at any previous time.”
The South Wales Police system was deployed for
the final of the UEFA Champions League, held on June 3 at the National Stadium
of Wales with up to 170,000 football fans in Cardiff on that day. “We
deployed NEC’s real-time solution, which enabled trained officers to monitor
the movement of people at strategic locations in and around the city centre
during this massive event. It was a great success,” said ACC Lewis. South
Wales Police is the first police force to use a real-time facial recognition
system at a large-scale sports event in the UK.
The South Wales system will also be used to
cross-check still images and recorded video taken at crime scenes against
approximately 500,000 photos currently held in its custody image database.
“NEC is very proud to be working closely
with South Wales Police. We now have deployments of NeoFace Watch in 47
countries, used by a wide range of government and commercial
organizations,” said Chris de Silva, Head of Global Face Recognition Solutions,
NEC Europe Ltd. “NEC is committed to providing valuable solutions for
society and we will continue proposing innovative new solutions using face
recognition, both in the UK and around the world.”
(1) NEC’s Video Face Recognition Technology
Ranks First in NIST Testing
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